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Rays prospect angrily says that Harper's hat was a 'clown move'

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Rays prospect angrily says that Harper's hat was a 'clown move'

It took one game for Bryce Harper to start up another campaign toward the NL MVP award: The Nats star reached base three times in the club's opening win against Atlanta on Monday and mashed a home run in his first at-bat of the season. All in all, the fantastic debut was a very Bryce Harper thing to do.

So was wearing a Trump-esque "Make Baseball Fun Again" hat during his postgame media availability, which built off comments he made last month in which he said that the sport was becoming "tired." His original take was received well by plenty of folks who are craving more flair and individuality in a league that's so focused on tradition, but also decried by those who think that stuff doesn't belong on a diamond.

The storm around his opinion, however, had mostly calmed down — until he showed off his new cap, that is. A fresh discussion about Harper has since started up, and one guy is especially upset with the outfielder's wardrobe choice: Rays prospect Brent Honeywell.

The 21-year-old pitcher — who is currently a part of the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tampa Bay's Class-A affiliate — went off about the hat and Harper in general on Twitter Monday night. Here's a sampling of his searing response, which started off with him sarcastically remarking that No. 34's MLB career is a difficult one:

After boldly using the 23-year-old's signature phrase, he then tagged Harper in an attempt to have his messages reach the slugger:

And finally, here he implies that Harper takes his status as one of MLB's premier players for granted:

The crabby Stone Crab then backtracked a bit, saying that the reigning MVP isn't "a bad guy" and "plays the game like it's supposed to be played," but mentioned that it still "baffles" him that Harper would ask for baseball to be more fun when he's reached such a rarefied air. 

Honeywell's harsh reaction will likely not even be a blip on the radar for Harper, who's just about heard it all from everyone on the topic at this point. And for those of you who were thinking of getting the minor leaguer his own "Make Baseball Fun Again" hat as a potential birthday gift, it looks like you're out of luck. Sorry about that.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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